Two Harbors Travel Guide

  • Two Harbors
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  • Two Harbors
    by Basaic
  • Two Harbors
    by Basaic

Two Harbors Things to Do

  • Museums & history

    They say historical tourism is big, and there's plenty of that in Two Harbors. The main thing is the Depot Museum, already mentioned by someone else, but there's also the "sandpaper museum." Sounds corny, but it's the building where the now-famous 3-M got its start. Someone mentioned that you can visit the lighthouse tower, but you can also tour...

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  • Gooseberry Falls State Park

    You can park for free in front of the Visitor's Center of Gooseberry Falls pictured here. The Visitor's Center is air-conditioned and has bathroom facilities, a gift-shop, area information and makes a nice place to rest if you're tired from hiking around the falls.

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  • Gooseberry Falls

    The falls are great. From the Visitor's Center it's possible to visit the Upper and Lower Falls and do a little hiking on the rocks along the river and on the hilly paths above the rushing water. However, you might want to spend a little more time and hike a mile or so upriver to the Fifth Falls (see maps in the Visitor's Center), which are also...

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  • Depot Museum

    I haven't been to the Depot Museum in a long time, so I don't really remember a lot of details, but I do know that it focuses on mining, logging and shipping, the lifeblood industries of Two Harbors. The museum is in the former headquarters of the Duluth and Iron Range Railway Company, built in 1907.

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  • Crusader II

    The Crusader II is on wooden stilts right next to the lighthouse in Two Harbors. It was built in 1939 by Ruben and Lars Hill of Larsmont, Minnesota and was christened by Crown Prince Olav of Norway. The Crusader II is just one example of the nearly 200 boats that were made by the Hills, the majority of which were used by fishermen on Lake Superior.

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  • The Lighthouse

    A report by the Army Corps of Engineers in the late 19th century led to the construction of the lighthouse at Two Harbors. It was the conclusion of the report that the then Agate Bay needed more protection due to increased shipping traffic from the Ore Docks in the bay. Today, the lighthouse is still in operation and the house attached, which was...

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  • Ore Docks

    The Ore Docks are easy to find when you arrive in Two Harbors. Just head in the general direction of the lake and look for the signs. Speaking of signs; here's some of what the sign along the shore say about the docks:"In 1883, the Minnesota Iron Company constructed Minnesota's first iron ore railroad. It ran between the Vermillion Bay and Agate...

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  • Hike around Gooseberry Falls

    Gooseberry Falls State Park is a lovely place to stretch your legs and take in some great scenery. The paths are well-tended and give you some great vistas of the falls and the lake. Especially nice is the pedestrian bridge located directly beneath the road. While perfectly safe, it rumbles when cars and trucks go overhead, so brace yourself!See...

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  • As a family we always ate...

    As a family we always ate lunch on the rocky shore on lake supperior in the park you can either hike there or drive, I suggest paying the $4 to drive rather than lug a cooler full of food a mile down a trail.

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  • Another pic. of the falls, the...

    Another pic. of the falls, the two green dots in the center are my borher and I from a few years ago.

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  • Gooseberry falls state park a...

    Gooseberry falls state park a must see state park. It is located along hiway 61, you can't miss it. you can park at the visitors center for free and walk to the falls the ,the closest is right along the road, or you can pay $4 and park anywhere in the park. There are three different set of falls in the park and some great little hiking trails...

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  • Gooseberry Falls State Park is...

    Gooseberry Falls State Park is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and Northwoods wildlife.Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River, as it plummets through a rocky...

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Two Harbors Hotels

Two Harbors Restaurants

  • Homecooking the way you like it!

    Louise's Place is the coziest place, super friendly with awesome prices and really good food. Breakfast all day, excellent coffee drinks, very good sandwiches. Louise's Club (Bakery-fresh Cranberry Rye bread, Grilled with two kinds of cheese, Ham, Turkey, and really awesome, smokey Bacon. Add Lettuce, Tomato and Onion if you want). So Good! This...

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  • English tea time

    This place is done up like an English tea house. Tea is served in flowered cups in flowered saucers, coffee in special mugs. There are wonderful scones, delicious cookies (made fresh each day) and great homemade soups and sandwiches. But for a special treat, if you notify them in advance, they'll do an English afternoon tea, with the clotted cream,...

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  • Don't Miss their fine Coffees!!!!

    Although we expected to pay outragious prices, the bill was quite fair considering howgood the food and coffee was. We've eatenseveral breakfasts and lunches here and really look forward to our return trips.The breakfasts are hearty, with typical northwoods "lumberjack" fare. The impressive touches are the maple syrups(made locally/regionally) and...

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  • Great Restraunt

    The Balckwoods in Two Harbors has excellent food. It was the first Blackwoods built in the area. The is also one in Duluth and in Cloquet, and if you're in Duluth you should stop at that one instead. The food is the same at both locations, but the atmoshere is much better in Duluth. The Two Harbors Blackwoods has a dark Perkins feel. Definately...

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  • A Must Eat in Two Harbors

    Betty's Pies has great home cooking. My husband loved his pasties and I have enjoyed meatloaf, reuben sandwiches, and their fries. But you can't go to Betty's Pies without trying the pie. Peach is always a good choice, and key lime is very popular!The staff wear pins that say "I'm not Betty." Pretty funny when they hire retirees to open the doors...

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  • Mmmm... Pie!

    Pie! All sorts of pie and more pie! Good coffee and pie!Oh yeah, they have meatloaf and hamburgers and diner ilk, too. But did I mention the pie!?The surroundings are colorful and comforting. This is a kind of idealized recreation of the place your mom would like to go after Sunday service.Did I mention the pie? Okay, they regularly have about two...

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Two Harbors Transportation

  • Tunnels

    There are two relatively new blasted rock tunnels along Highway 61 north of Two Harbors. The first one you approach heading north, has a turnoff where you can park after exiting the tunnel and you can walk up a ramp and up around the outside of the rock tunnel. You'll want to have a car when visiting Northern Minnesota. Technically, it's possible...

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  • Hiway 61 is the only road up...

    Hiway 61 is the only road up the north shore, you can try to bike it but there are alot of cars on the road and it can get pretty narrow.The traffic can get awfully thick especially on weekends. But it is a very scenic drive, I suggest taking the scenic route from Duluth to Two harbors at least once, it is a lot slower than the expressway but worth...

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Two Harbors Shopping

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    by acemj Written Jun 1, 2005

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    There's not a ton of shopping to do here in Two Harbors, but Duluth is only a tad over 25 miles away and you can find all you need down there.

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Two Harbors Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic

    Just two elementary things:Hwy 61 runs right through the main drag of Two Harbors. This sometimes meanssome delays where the traffic can slow to a crawl if you are just passing through.When traffic is moving, watch yourself crossing this busy roadway. It is easy to get distracted by the "what shop or cafe you want to visit next " mentality when you...

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  • Small Town Traffic Jams

    Highway 61 goes right through downtown Two Harbors and there ain't no getting around it. Traffic piles up especially on summer weekends. Recently it took me 30 minutes to travel 3 miles when heading west into town from Betty's Pies.My advice: be patient and enjoy the scenery.

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  • Beware of the seagulls they...

    Beware of the seagulls they are fed bread by many tourists so they can occasionally swoop down and try to steal your sandwich.

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Two Harbors Off The Beaten Path

  • Duluth

    Duluth is just a short drive south of Two Harbors and is the closest "big" city. You'll find a number of restaurants, hotels and shops in Duluth as well as miles of beautiful shoreline, some beautiful homes/mansions to gaze at and some interesting art and historical museums.

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  • Gold Rock

    Just northeast of Split Rock Lighthouse, you'll come across Gold Rock, a beautiful outcropping along the shore of Lake Superior. It's a beautiful place for a photo stop, but it is also historically important as the site of the famous shipwreck of the Madeira in 1905. You can drive up Highway 61 just a mile or so northeast of Split Rock and you'll...

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  • Split Rock Lighthouse

    Split Rock lighthouse is about 40 minutes up Highway 61 (northeast) from Two Harbors. You'll pass by Gooseberry Falls State Park on the way and when you do, you'll know you're about half-way there. You can pay $8 per adult to visit the lighthouse itself or just $7 per car and you can park just down the shore a ways, where you can hike around the...

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Two Harbors Favorites

  • Aspen or Birch?

    You see a lot of trees that look like this. The thin trunks and white bark that looks as if you could chip it off with your fingernails are characteristic of Aspen and Birch Trees. I took this picture on a trail in the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Does anyone know for sure what kind of trees these are?

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  • Info, please

    If you're looking for information about living, working or visiting Two Harbors, click here. You'll see this sign when you come into town and you can stop here for info too.

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  • Check out Splitrock light...

    Check out Splitrock light house state park. For about $6 you can run around a authentic light house and grounds. There is also a nifty museum and some great veiws of the light house from the shore.(The other general tip is another pic. of the light house)

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